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Old 10-22-2004, 06:14 PM   #1
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Unknown key pressed

Hi, I'm hoping somebody can help me with this problem. I've searched around a bit for info on the matter, but I haven't been able to find much, especially not much that I understand.

Ok, so the problem is that when I'm at the command line, I randomly get the following error:

atkbd.c: Unknown key pressed (translated set 2, code 0xd9 on isa0060/serio0).
atkbd.c: Use 'setkeycodes e059 <keycode>' to make it known.

The error varies a bit each time, as you might expect. And it doesn't happen when I press certain keys. It seems entirely random. For example, if I pick a key (let's say, 'F'), and keep pressing it repeatedly, eventually the error will come up. Sometimes it'll come up right away, but sometimes it might take several presses before it comes up.

It makes typing at the command line damn tricky, because I'll be in the middle of typing a command, when all of a sudden a nice long error is printed in the middle of what I was busy typing.

I'm running Debian. Currently kernel, but it's been happening on other kernels in the past as well. My keyboard is a 'Microsoft Wireless Multimedia Keyboard', if that helps.

Let me point out that this doesn't happen once I run Gnome and bring up terminal from within there. It only happens at the command line I'm presented with when I first boot (and when I'm dumped back to it, when I exit out of Gnome, of course).

Hopefully I've remembered to give all the right information here. Anybody know what's going on, and how to stop it happening?

Old 10-22-2004, 07:50 PM   #2
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Not really a clue, but why not try using a wired keyboard for awhile and see if it continues?
Old 10-22-2004, 10:58 PM   #3
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you key board and mouse also load additonal info in your /etc/X11/xf..... file, which will run @ init 5 and may not run @ init 3 or lower
Old 10-27-2004, 05:12 PM   #4
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If that is the case, what is this "additonal info" and how can I get it to be loaded at lower init levels?

By the way, due to having a nightmare with certain other technical problems just recently, I haven't got round to trying a different keyboard yet.

Oh, and I've realised (I'm reasonably sure of this) that while I'm in Gnome, although the errors are no longer printed into my console window, they are still occuring. They're just printed elsewhere, or something.

This problem is making it extremely difficult for me to work at the command line without starting Gnome... And since I just completely buggered up my installation of that... :P

Last edited by Khang; 10-27-2004 at 05:13 PM.


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